The Alchemist visual essay Josh Haynes

“When you want something, all of the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”

This quote explains everything that it says. Your mind may desire a lot of things, but only your heart and soul know what you truly aspire or what you are ambitious about. To many, it may seem that the universe conspires against you, but only if it is not your true desire.

“Wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure." (the Alchemist) Paulo Coelho

I think to believe that this quote is saying more than just following your heart. I think that you have to completely believe that your heart is the leader. If you partially believe, you might not find your treasure. I understand that Santiago is weary about listening to his heart. Sometimes hearts are roller coasters of emotions. The text suggests that if we stay listening and paying attention to what makes us happy, we can then learn to understand our hearts ignoring their emotional ups and downs.

“In any case, it’s good that you’ve learned that everything in life has it’s price. This is what the Warriors of the Light try to teach” (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho

Everything on planet Earth comes with a price. Nothing is free in life. For example, professional sport players being Football, Basketball, Wrestling, etc... have prices to pay. I do not mean physical currency but emotional and psychological pain. That includes physical pain. Another example can be having a job. It may bring happiness to your life at some point, but it also will force you to do very uncomfortable tasks that you probably will not do in your life.

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

To describe this quote, it says that one should never look weak. If one looks weak, it shows that their soul be vulnerable to manipulation. If they look strong in the eyes, they are most likely to be able to withstand the world and be planted in the ground like a tree with strong roots.

"The language everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart was love" (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho

There is and always will be a universal language. That language is love and everyone has been able to clearly understand it. There is so many different languages in today's world. People have difficulty speaking to each other if there is a language barrier. People learn to speak the language in order to communicate, but the concept of love has no barriers and works with every combination of languages. Love is not something that an inability can stop.

“...Every blessing ignored becomes a curse…” (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho

This quote is very powerful. Talents or blessings can mean the same thing. Many people have hidden talents/blessings, but there are a few people who chose to ignore them. It is not in someone's best interest to ignore the blessings or talents they are given. Use those to help better your life. For example, one of my talents is the ability to play my guitar and I am blessed to have it. There are many positive outcomes. These outcomes can include possible scholarships or potential bands that I may be apart of. If I ignore this blessing, I may not have a better life.


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